Joan Lascorz left the Portimao World Supersport test with a lap time beaten only by 2009 title runner-up Eugene Laverty, but felt he hadn't shown his full potential.
The Kawasaki rider was fastest of all on day one and, due to changeable weather and crash damage, wasn't able to improve on his lap time during days two and three.
“We had a bit of a problem at the end,” he revealed. “[On day two] in the wet I crashed and the team rebuilt the bike. In the wet this morning the bike felt OK, but when the track was dry this afternoon, and I could push harder, I realised that there was still something not straight or something wrong on the bike.
“By that stage we had little time left to try the second bike. It was looking like I could set a better time on the second bike anyway, but I had a front-end slide and lost the lap, even if I did not crash.
“We made some progress anyway, and were fastest on day one, before the weather changed,” he confirmed.
Lascorz left the test just 0.188sec behind Laverty's Honda, while team-mate Katsuaki Fujiwara claimed fifth overall, having also set his best lap time on the opening day.
“The test was OK, and today we tried some soft springs, then hard springs, to try to get more feedback for the rider. We got it a little bit better in front,” said the Japanese. “Our winter tests have been important so that we can make changes to the bike to understand how they affect the race setup. Now we will do another test at Calafat, before we go to Australia for the last one, then the first race of the new season.”